Simmons played tackle in earning the District 3A-14 Offensive Lineman of the Year as well as first team All-District 3A-14 last season as a junior. But he will be a guard, or maybe a center, at the next level.
Simmons has been somewhat under the radar by some schools, but his recruitment is picking up steam.
"I got my first offer. Northwestern State in Louisiana has offered," said Simmons in a phone call on Wednesday afternoon. "They were by the school and let my coach know."
Simmons, who just finished up track season and is now in offseason football workouts, said it has already been busy at Lindale. Coaches coming through can watch Simmons and his teammates in drills and in the weight room, but being a 3A school Lindale does not put on the pads for spring football like the 5A and 4A schools have the option of doing in Texas.
"TCU, SFA (Stephen F. Austin), UT-San Antonio, Utah State, and SMU have already been by," said Simmons.
The 6-3, 270-pound Simmons has said he will do what he has done in recent summers, work out, hit some of the college camps, and get ready for the season.
You get the feeling that Simmons has a fondness for the Cowboys, but he will have to stay patient and allow the process to progress.